Lucid dreaming is a viable tool for enhancing one’s ability to manifest in the waking state. The human brain is made up of approximately 86 billion neurons. When we think about something it creates an neuroelectrical pathway. The more often we think that same thought the stronger that pathway becomes. This is what happens as children memorize the multiplication table in school. At first it is very difficult for them to remember that 6 times 7 is 42. After much repetition their minds build electrical pathways between a set of neurons. Later when they need to retrieve the information regarding “what is 6 times 7” the ability to “know the answer” is based on whether they have a neuroelectrical pathway.
Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. You might have only a few gigabytes of storage space, similar to the space in an iPod or a USB flash drive. Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.
As we learn, record life events and generate opinions we are storing the information in our minds via networking the neurons and the more we focus and replay thoughts in our minds, the stronger the pathways become. The more vivid and clear the understanding or thought is, the stronger and more tangible the pathway becomes.
Although an affirmation said with conviction and intent is a good way to build a mental pathway, the vividness and detail that can be generated while in dream state is much more powerful than what we can visualize and envision in our waking state.
The hippocampus, for example, is essential for memory function, particularly the transference from short- to long-term memory and control of spatial memory and behaviour. The hippocampus is one of the few areas of the brain capable actually growing new neurons.
When we remember new facts by repeating them, we are actually passing them through the hippocampus several times. The hippocampus keeps strengthening the associations among these new elements until, after a while, it no longer needs to do so. The cortex will have learned to associate these various properties itself to reconstruct what we call a memory.
After a while these various cortical regions activated during an event become so strongly linked with one another that they no longer need the hippocampus to act as their link.
Long-term memories are not stored in just one part of the brain, but are widely distributed throughout the cortex. After consolidation, long-term memories are stored throughout the brain as groups of neurons that are primed to fire together in the same pattern that created the original experience, and each component of a memory is stored in the brain area that initiated it (e.g. groups of neurons in the visual cortex store a sight, neurons in the amygdala store the associated emotion, etc). Indeed, it seems that they may even be encoded redundantly, several times, in various parts of the cortex, so that, if one engram (or memory trace) is wiped out, there are duplicates, or alternative pathways, elsewhere, through which the memory may still be retrieved.
One method to master a particular manifestation is to first define your intent, create your affirmations and use them regularly to start the mind on the correct path. Focus the mind on as many senses as possible while memorizing your affirmation or manifestation goal. As you are memorizing think of the associated sounds, visualization, taste, physical feeling, smell and emotional feeling. Once the neuroelectric pathways are started then thinking about the manifestations just before sleep will help ensure the subconscious mind contemplates and consolidates the memory more solidly into the brain. Make sure to have deep REM sleep as that is when the hippocampus does most of it’s work. If you are able, use lucid dreaming to more fully and vividly visualize the manifestation and affirmations coming true.
A process such as this combines the science of neuroscience with the inherent power of our minds. Once your brain has the neuroelectrical pathways developed and strong, then using that for manifesting will be as natural as remembering your multiplication table.